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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 28, 2011 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: nobody likes a tease

was this a quote from Garcia? If so way to man up big boy. I love the guy as much as next person but that's kinda weak. You mean Playing in the band wasn't run into the ground? I think it was the most played song of all time and not to mention in later years it lasted like 5 mins. How can a tune like that not "be done with" and the others be dropped? Then again...I'm not in the band.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 29, 2011 12:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: nobody likes a tease

Because Playin' was a Bob tune and not a Jerry tune, Jerry wasn't the one making the choices about how often it would be performed. All of Weir's material generally got performed more incessantly, and Jerry sometimes complained about it - I recall seeing him say in an interview that he thought they oughta drop "Minglewood" because they had been doing it for way too long, but Bob never took the hint.

More importantly, of anything they should have dropped, Playin' wasn't it. For many years, it was their only real open-ended free improvisation vehicle, and it is not accurate at all to say "in later years it lasted like 5 mins" - even in the least-inspired years, the average was much higher than that. Even the shortest Playins were usually the most interesting thing in the set, if you want to hear actual full band jamming.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 29, 2011 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: nobody likes a tease

Playin' in the Band was about two and half to three minutes of theme and usually bad vocals and missed lyrics(I always go right to 2:30),from there for the 23 years that they played the song it took off into whatever it was going to be on that given night,it was the only song that they played that was truly different from version to version,the GD have this mystique of being such great and wondrous improvisers which could not be further from the truth,that ended after 74',and even prior to that it's questionable as to how much genuine improvising went on.Playin' for me represents all that was good about the band,and considering the fact that they played it throughout the bulk of their history,I think it is their most important tune ,I have little use for most of their post 74' output,excepting a few hundred songs out of thousands performed mainly between 76'-85',but I can still respect their approach to Playin',as it remained the only song they did that retained it's improvisational integrity.

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Poster: lucifer1306217 Date: Jul 29, 2011 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: nobody likes a tease

i think no one likes a tease because it is very terrible

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 28, 2011 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: nobody likes a tease

It was Garcia, and he was replying to a question about the Cosmic Charlie campaign...
http://www.yoyow.com/marye/garcia.html